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Free 13-week programme designed to promote positive parenting.

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) is a 13-week free parenting programme, for expectant parents and parents of children aged up to 18, designed to promote good parenting.

We will be running the programme for parents and carers again in September 2015 at Barnet and Thamesmead.

Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding jobs in the world but also one of the most challenging.

Sometimes you feel alone and don’t know where to turn for support and advice — especially if you are facing these questions:

  • How can I motivate my child to try their best at school?
  • How do I build a better relationship with my child?
  • How do I stop my teenager truanting or getting involved in drink, drugs or antisocial behaviour?
  • How do I put boundaries in place with my child?

You'll be part of a friendly, supportive group in which you as a parent can share, learn and grow. The course aims to empower and increase confidence, helping to achieve positive change in family relationships.

Group of people with certificates
Participants receive a certificate at a "graduation" ceremony

The course looks at issues such as gangs, community and domestic violence, depression, drugs and alcohol.

It will help you to think about your own experiences and about how your
culture and family background have shaped your parenting style. It will also look at the importance of community involvement.  

A couple and two children
SFSC is free and runs across the UK

Make a referral

People can refer themselves directly or be referred by an agency.

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities referral form (pdf, 1.2mb)

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities leaflet (pdf, 2mb)

Upcoming programmes




When? Fridays (9.30am – 1.30pm) 11 Sep until 11 Dec (except 30 Oct, half term). Wednesdays (9.15am – 12.45pm) 16 Sep–16 Dec (except 28 Oct, half term).
Where? Discovery Children's Centre
Battery Road
SE28 0JN

Newstead Children’s Centre Fallows Close
East Finchley
N2 8LG

To book

Trust Thamesmead on 0208 320 7386 / 07837 031127


020 7021 4111/4491 or phone Newstead
020 8359 3460/3461

Further info

Thamesmead leaflet (pdf, 0.9mb)

Barnet leaflet (pdf, 1.2mb)

Contact us

For any questions, please contact us via the form below:

Race Equality Foundation and Big Lottery Logo
The programme is part of our wellbeing programme, Activate, funded by The Big Lottery.

Developed, and quality assured, by the Race Equality Foundation.